WWE Over the Limit
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|WWE Over the Limit|
|Signature match types||"I quit" match|
WWE Over the Limit was an American professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE, a professional wrestling promotion based in Connecticut. The event was created in 2010, replacing Judgment Day as the annual May PPV. The name "Over the Limit" was a reference to the hardcore-based match types that occurred as the main event match for each year: an "I quit" match in 2010 and 2011 and a No Disqualification match in 2012. John Cena competed in the main event match at all three Over the Limit events. In 2013, Over the Limit was scheduled for the October PPV slot but was replaced by Battleground.
In 2010, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) replaced their previously annual May pay-per-view (PPV) Judgment Day with a new PPV titled Over the Limit. The inaugural event was held on May 23, 2010 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Over the Limit would be a short-lived PPV, however, as the 2012 event was the final Over the Limit event held. A 2013 event had been scheduled for October that year, but it was canceled and replaced by Battleground. The name "Over the Limit" was a reference to the hardcore-based match types that occurred as the main event match for each year: an "I quit" match in 2010 and 2011 and a No Disqualification match in 2012.
Over the Limit was introduced during WWE's first brand extension period, in which the promotion divided its roster into brands where wrestlers exclusively performed. As such, the 2010 and 2011 events featured wrestlers from the Raw and SmackDown brands. The first brand extension ended in August 2011. Also in April 2011, WWE ceased using its full name of World Wrestling Entertainment, with the "WWE" abbreviation becoming an orphaned initialism for the promotion.
Dates and venues
|1||Over the Limit (2010)||May 23, 2010||Detroit, Michigan||Joe Louis Arena||John Cena (c) vs. Batista in an "I quit" match for the WWE Championship|||
|2||Over the Limit (2011)||May 22, 2011||Seattle, Washington||KeyArena||John Cena (c) vs. The Miz in an "I quit" match for the WWE Championship|||
|3||Over the Limit (2012)||May 20, 2012||Raleigh, North Carolina||PNC Arena||John Laurinaitis vs. John Cena in a No Disqualification match where if Cena won, Laurinaitis would be fired, and anyone who interfered would be fired|||
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
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